9 March 2011

Lunga House Wedding Venue Spotlight

Over the course of the next few months I will be publishing articles on the venues that I am a preferred wedding photographer to. To get the
ball rolling I thought I would start with Lunga House in Argyll, the house I used for my own wedding.

For those of you not familiar with Lunga House or indeed you have never heard of it, the house is located on the West Coast of Scotland in Mid Argyll, 20 miles south of Oban and 18 miles North of Lochgilphead. From Glasgow head towards Loch Lomond and then turn left onto the A83 at Tarbet and keep going for 70 miles. It takes around two and quarter hours from the west end. From Edinburgh it takes around three and half hours, head towards Stirling and then cut across on the A84 eventually you will arrive in Oban and then its only 25 minutes south from there. Both routes take you through some of the most scenic countryside in the country so its always best to take your time.



Lunga is the ancestral home to the MacDougall Clan. Until recently Colin Lindsay-MacDougall the Laird lived in the house but he decided to hang up his social hat and handed the reigns to Meg and Les Macleod, who own the pub in the village. Their hard work over the past two years has brought the standard of the house and the service it can provide for weddings and other social events up to the highest standard, providing everything and anything you would like to have for your special day.

Lunga House itself is situated above the village of Craobh Haven, which is a purpose built Marina Village. The village has several fantastic self accommodating cottages and houses that could be rented if Lunga can't accommodate all of your guests, it also has a large pub which is a great location to meet your family and friends for a few drinks and dinner the night before your big day. It truly is a beautiful place, the marina is nestled between small islands that have been joined together to create a large harbour with views looking North towards Mull and West towards Jura and Scarba. If you walk up the hill behind the village you will have views all the way down to the Paps of Jura and beyond in the South.




To get to the house simply turn off the A816 (the road between Oban and Lochgilphead) when you see the road signs for Craobh Haven and Lunga House, follow the signs past Craobh that leads you to the Lunga track and the house itself. The house is available for 2 nights exclusive use and has 14 beautiful bedrooms sleeping 28 in double/twin rooms. Most of the rooms are large and many can accommodate an additional bed or two, the staff at Lunga will be happy to arrange this for you if required. There are also three additional cottages which sleep between four and six people each. Religious / humanist ceremonies can be held at Lunga, there are also several lovely local churches including Kilbrandon, Seil, Kilmartin and Ardfern. Capacity for dining in the ballroom is 100, for larger events a marquee can be arranged on the lawn.

I hope you have found my scribbles useful and you are inspired to look at Lunga for your wedding, contact Meg or Carole (the wedding planner) at Lunga for further information by email, weddings@lungahouse.co.uk or give them a call on 01852 500237. Lunga House, Lunga, Craobh Haven, Argyll PA31 8QR. www.lungaweddings.co.uk

I have added a few pictures below that I have taken over the last few years of the surrounding area and photographs that I have captured at weddings at Lunga. If you would like any further information from myself regarding photography at Lunga House, please do get in touch

Nick.


Looking West with the Village of Ardfern in view with Jura and Scarba in the distance.

Looking North towards the mountains on Mull.

Lunga Bay Looking South West with towards the Corryvreckin between Jura and Scarba.


Flada Lighthouse to the North of Craobh Haven.

Ardunie Pier a few minutes from Craobh Haven.

Bubbles before the ceremony!

A wee dram downstairs to calm the nerves.

Arrive in style by boat.

Lunga Bay.

Outdoor ceremonies are possible at Lunga.

In the gardens.

On the pier.

and indoors too!

The grand hall banquet style.

Remember it's all about you!

The grand hall seats a maximum of 100.

Down at the pier.

A few portraits later in the evening.



And onto dancing



Lunga House is truly a fabulously romantic location, a few hours from the major cities but in the heart of Scotland.